Phoenixville pet store robber caught quickly

PHOENIXVILLE — A man who robbed a pet store on Nutt Road in Phoenixville Tuesday afternoon was almost immediately apprehended by police searching the area.

Around 4:30 p.m., Pet Supplies Plus, on the 700 block of Nutt Road, was robbed by a man later identified as James Mitchell Marder, 43, of Phoenixville, according to Phoenixville Police Chief Bill Mossman.

Marder allegedly passed a handwritten note to a an employee at the store’s cash register.

“Don’t alert security. Give me all the [money] in the register,” the note read, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the Phoenixville Police. “I don’t want to hurt anyone. Quick. Don’t alert security.”

The employee could not open the register without a manager, so Marder allegedly had the manager come over and get him the money.

After allegedly taking $183 from the store, Marder fled on foot north from the Phoenixville Plaza shopping center, where the pet store is located.

“[He] was located a short time later on the Cedar Hollow Recycling property [off of Paradise Street] by Schuylkill Township Police Chief James Fetterman, who was assisting us with a canvass of the area,” Mossman told 21st Century Media.

It is just approximately half a mile from the store Marder allegedly robbed to the area where he was taken into police custody.

“The store manager identified [Marder] as the one who had just robbed the store,” Mossman said.

Police found $183 on Marder.

Marder was charged with felony robbery along with misdemeanors including receiving stolen property, theft by unlawful taking and possession an instrument of crime.

Bail was set at $75,000, cash, for Marder, who did not post it. He was remanded to Chester County Prison.

Court records indicate Marder has been arrested for charges such as assault and theft in the borough in years past.

He plead guilty to a simple assault charge in 2012 and was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in prison along with probation lasting two years.

It’s unclear if his probation period is up or not.

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